Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Extremely aggressive or violent.
  • adjective Characterized by or showing extreme aggressiveness or violence.
  • adjective Extremely powerful or destructive.
  • adjective Extreme in activity or feeling; intense.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of a fierce or cruel nature; savage; wild; rapacious: as, a ferocious disposition; ferocious savages; a ferocious lion.
  • Indicating or expressive of ferocity: as, a ferocious look.
  • Synonyms Untamed, cruel, fell, ruthless, relentless, pitiless, merciless, brutal, inhuman, sanguinary, bloody, furious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Fierce; savage; wild; indicating cruelty; ravenous; rapacious

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Marked by extreme and violent energy.
  • adjective Extreme or intense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective marked by extreme and violent energy

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin ferōx, ferōc-, fierce; see ghwer- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin ferox ("wild, bold, savage, fierce"), from ferus ("wild, savage, fierce").

Examples

  • The point of this item is to celebrate the wit and glorious non-wisdom of Brittany S. Pearce, played by Heather Morris with a killer deadpan that this week exploded in ferocious dance and song.

    Matt's TV Week in Review

  • So ferocious is the antidote to the Labour - lite problem it will leave much of their own Party behind.

    Would you Like To Try A New Position ?

  • Her own brother Theo despised cats, the Major complained when Sidhi dug in his flower beds, Duncan treated him with polite indifference, Felicity pronounced him unsanitary, and Meg lived in a bed-sit in Kilburn with a landlady she described as ferocious—no good prospects there.

    All Shall Be Well

  • Her own brother Theo despised cats, the Major complained when Sidhi dug in his flower beds, Duncan treated him with polite indifference, Felicity pronounced him unsanitary, and Meg lived in a bed-sit in Kilburn with a landlady she described as ferocious—no good prospects there.

    All Shall Be Well

  • Her own brother Theo despised cats, the Major complained when Sidhi dug in his flower beds, Duncan treated him with polite indifference, Felicity pronounced him unsanitary, and Meg lived in a bed-sit in Kilburn with a landlady she described as ferocious—no good prospects there.

    All Shall Be Well

  • Plumadore, a third Marine whose body was thought to have been obliterated in ferocious fighting, is buried in California -- in Berry's grave.

    Jakovac, John A.

  • The charge which followed was resolute, and the word ferocious best describes the struggle which followed.

    A Life of Gen Robert E Lee

  • He issued his orders in a voice of thunder and with an air of what, for want of a better expression, we may term ferocious heartiness.

    Gascoyne, the Sandal-Wood Trader

  • He issued his orders in a voice of thunder and with an air of what, for want of a better expression, we may term ferocious heartiness.

    Gascoyne, The Sandal-Wood Trader A Tale of the Pacific

  • That they should be avaricious, greedy of plunder, and ferocious, is the natural result of their mode of life.

    Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia

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